03 Jul '11, 10am

govt fat cats of 35 nations fly their oversized govt jets to Germany for 'taxing the weather' summit #tcot #teaparty

BERLIN - AN INTERNATIONAL gathering on climate change opened on Sunday to prepare the ground for a UN summit on the issue in Durban, South Africa in December. The meeting, attended by representatives from some 35 countries, was opened by Germany's Environment Minister Norbert Roettgen and South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashbane. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was due to address the gathering later on Sunday. In her weekly video podcast broadcast on Saturday, she called for the Durban meeting to hammer out a global, legally-binding agreement to ensure that global warming, due to carbon emissions, be limited to two degrees Celsius. 'A number of countries have announced (in the wake of the 2010 Cancun summit) voluntary measures, but these will not suffice to reach our objective,' Dr Merkel said. 'We also need measures, targeted measures, and if possible treaties...

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